Greek Musician
Born Nov 14, 1954

Yanni, born Yiannis Hrysomallis is a Greek self-taught pianist, keyboardist, and composer who has spent most of his life in the United States. He earned Grammy nominations for his 1992 album, Dare to Dream, and the 1993 follow-up, In My Time. His breakthrough success came with the 1994 release of Yanni Live at the Acropolis, deemed to be the second best-selling music video of all time.… Read More

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1954 Birth Yanni was born November 14, 1954 in Kalamata, Greece, the son of Sotiri Chryssomallis, a banker and Triandafili Chryssomallis (Felitsa) a homemaker (Felitsa is short for Triandafelitsa, which means "Rose".) He displayed musical talent at a young age, playing piano at the age of 6. … Read More


1972 17 Years Old In November 1972, Yanni moved from Greece to the United States to attend the University of Minnesota beginning in January 1973, majoring in psychology. … Read More


1976 21 Years Old He received a B.A. degree in psychology in 1976. … Read More
1977 22 Years Old In 1977 Yanni joined the Minneapolis-based rock group Chameleon, performing with its founder, drummer Charlie Adams with whom he would work into the 2010s. … Read More
1980 25 Years Old 1 More Event
After touring with Chameleon from 1980 to 1984, Yanni moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of movie soundtrack work.


1987 32 Years Old Yanni formed a band in 1987 and began to tour in 1988 with an ensemble including pianist/singer John Tesh and drummer Charlie Adams, promoting his early albums Keys to Imagination, Out of Silence, and Chameleon Days. … Read More
1990 35 Years Old Yanni gained visibility as the result of his November 1990 appearances in People magazine and on The Oprah Winfrey Show with actress Linda Evans, with whom he had been in a relationship since 1989. … Read More
1992 37 Years Old Dare to Dream, released in 1992, was Yanni’s first Grammy-nominated album. It included "Aria," a song based on Léo Delibes' The Flower Duet (Lakmé, 1883) and popularized by an award-winning British Airways commercial. A second Grammy-nominated album, In My Time, followed in 1993.
1993 38 Years Old Yanni's breakthrough concert, Live at the Acropolis, was filmed in September 1993 at the 2,000-year-old Herodes Atticus Theater at the Acropolis of Athens, an album, VHS and Laserdisc being released in 1994. … Read More


1995 40 Years Old …  In 1995, The Los Angeles Times' Don Heckman wrote that Yanni's music is "based on sweeping romantic melodies underscored with energetic Mediterranean rhythms." … Read More
1997 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 1997, Yanni became one of the few Western artists permitted to perform and record at the Taj Mahal in India.
2000 45 Years Old In 2000, after the two-year hiatus, Yanni released If I Could Tell You, his first studio album in seven years. … Read More
2003 48 Years Old 1 More Event
The music in Yanni's 2003 album Ethnicity represented many of the world's cultures, Yanni saying it uses ethnicity to reflect the color and beauty of a multicultural society. … Read More


2010 55 Years Old The album Mexicanisimo, released in November of Mexico's bicentennial year 2010, was a tribute to that country through Yanni's collaborative interpretation of its folk music. … Read More
2011 56 Years Old The Truth of Touch album was released in February 2011, Yanni's first studio album of new material since Ethnicity eight years earlier. … Read More
In April 2012, Yanni released the Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico live album CD and DVD which were recorded and filmed at two outdoor concerts on December 16 and 17, 2011 on the grounds of the Castillo (Fort) San Felipe del Morro ("El Morro"), a UNESCO World Heritage Site in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2013 58 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Yanni's longtime lighting designer remarked in 2013 that the lighting is critically timed to Yanni's music itself, accommodating its variety of time signatures, further observing that since Yanni plays mostly theatrical venues rather than arenas, the lighting can include subtle moves and color. … Read More
In March 2014, Yanni released his seventeenth studio album, Inspirato, a collaboration with operatic tenor Plácido Domingo and producer Ric Wake that, like Yanni Voices five years earlier, highlighted vocal performances. … Read More


…  Yanni has performed in more than 30 countries on five continents, and through late 2015 Yanni had performed live in concert before more than 5 million people and had accumulated more than 40 platinum and gold albums globally, with sales totaling over 25 million copies. … Read More
2016 61 Years Old In January 2016, Yanni released his eighteenth studio album, Sensuous Chill, which, being built around synthesizers, programmed rhythms and electronic sounds, was said to "come full circle" to his early-1980s albums. … Read More
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